Arcata makes statement in Big 5 race with rout of Fortuna

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first_imgFortuna >> In a game that pitted the perennial league champions against a home team that was on a 12-game winning streak, the Arcata Tigers left little doubt as to which team is the one to beat in the Humboldt-Del Norte League Big 5 this season. The Tigers used an 11-2 run to start the second quarter and a 7-0 to begin the second half to cruise to a 60-43 victory over the Fortuna Huskies in a Big 5 first-place match-up on Friday at Fortuna High School.“We came out really prepared. We knew …last_img read more

Blair unveils ‘bold’ Africa report

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first_img14 March 2005President Thabo Mbeki has expressed confidence that the world’s rich nations will implement the proposals contained in the ambitious Commission for Africa report released in London on Friday.The report calls for debt relief for Africa’s poorest countries, a US$25-billion a year increase in aid to Africa by 2010, and a further increase of $25-billion a year by 2015 to address what British Prime Minister Tony Blair called “the greatest tragedy of our time” – African poverty and stagnation.“Africa – at country, regional, and continental levels – is creating much stronger foundations for tackling its problems”, the report states. “Recent years have seen improvements in economic growth and in governance.“But Africa needs more of both if it is to make serious inroads into poverty. To do that requires a partnership between Africa and the developed world which takes full account of Africa’s diversity and particular circumstances.” Our Common Interest – Report of the Commission for Africa Flanked by musician Bob Geldof, British finance minister Gordon Brown and South African finance minister Trevor Manuel, the British leader described the 400-page document as a “forceful response” to poverty in Africa.“There can be no excuse, no defence, no justification for the plight of millions of our fellow beings in Africa today”, Blair said. “That is the simple message from the report published today.“We cannot allow this to continue. It is, I believe, the biggest moral challenge of our generation. A challenge for all of us – for the governments of Africa and the countries of the developed world.”Blair said he would campaign for support for the report’s proposals at the G8 and European Union; he is due to take over the chairmanship of both bodies later this year.Other proposals contained in the report include:Governance. The report calls on African states to improve their governance, accountability and transparency – and on rich countries to help with this by investing in African capacity building.”We recommend that donors make a major investment to improve Africa’s capacity, starting with its system of higher education, particularly in science and technology”, the report states. “They must help to build systems and staff in national and local governments, but also in pan-African and regional organisations, particularly the African Union and its Nepad programme.”At the same time, the report urges donors to “change their behaviour and support the national priorities of African governments rather than allowing their own procedures and special enthusiasms to undermine the building of a country’s own capacity”. Peace and security. The report calls for better use of aid to help build the capacity of African states to prevent and manage conflict. It also calls for better control of the international trade in small arms, as well as in the “conflict resources” which fuel or fund hostilities. More and fairer trade. The report calls on African countries to make internal changes to improve the continent’s capacity for trade – including tackling corruption, cutting red tape, making it easier to set up a business, and improving regional economic integration.At the same time, it calls on rich countries to “dismantle the barriers they have erected against African goods, particularly in agriculture” – including abolishing agricultural subsidies, and lowering tariff and non-tariff barriers to African products. Investing in people. The report recommends that half of the extra $26-million in aid per year be spent on health, education and HIV and Aids. “Investing for economic growth means rebuilding African health and education systems”, the report states.”This requires major funding, but it is not only a question of resources. It is also about delivery and results. These are powerfully strengthened when local communities are involved in decisions that affect them.” Infrastructure. The report recommends that a third of the extra $26-million in aid per year be used to fund a doubling of spending on transport and communications infrastructure, including both rural development and urban slum upgrading, and with a special focus on agriculture, small enterprises, women and young people.“Africa is poor, ultimately, because its economy has not grown”, the report argues. “The public and private sectors need to work together to create a climate which unleashes the entrepreneurship of the peoples of Africa, generates employment and encourages individuals and firms, domestic and foreign, to invest.”Speaking to reporters in Pretoria on Friday, Mbeki said he hoped the document would stir world leaders into action to achieve “measurable and practical progress”.“It must translate not into a lot of paper, but into a firm, serious programme of action”, Mbeki said. “There is a lot of work contained in here. My own sense is that everybody is very keen to achieve actual, measurable progress.”He added that the blueprint would fall in with existing decisions taken by multilateral forums pushing for Africa’s debt cancellation, increased investment and aid.The report has been welcomed by African and global leaders and activists, with many praising it as a radical blueprint that, if implemented, could turn Africa’s misfortunes around.“The Commission for Africa has come out with a clear, bold and realistic vision for how Africa and the rest of the world together can bring this continent onto a road of development and prosperity”, said Global Fund executive director Richard Feachem.World Bank President James Wolfensohn said the World Bank Group “strongly endorses the Commission for Africa Report and we hope that the global community will work to advance its principal recommendations.“We share the hope expressed in the report that the unacceptable trends of impoverishment and marginalisation in the world’s poorest region can be reversed”, Wolfensohn said.“African governments can build on progress already evident in a number of countries that have reduced conflict, are addressing corruption, and developing national strategies to generate economic growth and cut poverty levels.“The international community, for its part, needs to deliver on promises for substantial increases in aid and debt reduction, as well as improved market access.”SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

Blackwater set to acquire Maliksi from Star in 4-player trade

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first_imgE.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  LATEST STORIES WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIn an interesting turn of events, Star is sending sweet-shooting swingman Allein Maliksi to Blackwater in a four-player trade.Sources close to the situation bared that the Hotshots are shipping Maliksi and rookie big man Chris Javier to Blackwater for hardworking forward Bambam Gamalinda and promising big man Kyle Pascual.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Lacson: PH lost about P161.5B tax revenue from big trading partners in 2017 PLAY LIST 03:46Lacson: PH lost about P161.5B tax revenue from big trading partners in 201700:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Gamescenter_img Trade papers have already been sent to the Office of the Commissioner on Sunday, beating the trade deadline on Monday.The 29-year-old Maliksi has had a career resurgence this season for Star, averaging a career-best 13.4 points on 41 percent shooting from three and 2.9 rebounds this season, enough for him to earn a nod to the Gilas Pilipinas squad in the 2017 Seaba Championship last May.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJavier, meanwhile, has struggled to find playing time in his first year in the pros after a stellar career from the University of the East.The two are expected to bring immediate impact to Blackwater, which is hoping to advance to the quarterfinals for only the second time in its franchise history. Stephens tells best friend Keys: ‘I wish it could have been a draw’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president View comments BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Gamalinda on the other hand is averaging 7.22 points on a 53 percent shooting from three to go with 3.8 rebounds this conference.Pascual is also hoping to finally get the break with the Hotshots after seeing his numbers dip in the import-laden conferences. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong Citylast_img read more

10 months agoChelsea boss Sarri says he wants Cesc to stay

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first_imgChelsea boss Sarri says he wants Cesc to stayby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri says he wants Cesc Fabregas to sign a new deal.Senior Chelsea stars Fabregas, David Luiz and Gary Cahill are all on contracts that expire next summer, but Sarri intends to “respect” the Blues’ policy of only offering one-year extensions to players aged 30 and older.”In this position we have only two players, Jorginho and Fabregas, so for me it would be really a problem without Cesc,” said Sarri.”I want him to stay, I don’t know the final decision of Cesc and the club of course.”But for me it’s very important and if Cesc will go I think that we need to buy another player, and it’s not easy because, technically, Cesc is a very important player.”And I think that in the market it’s very difficult to find a player with his characteristics.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Back where he belongs former Buckeye Nugent back kicking in Ohio

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Mike Nugent was not used to being home at this time of year. After becoming a beloved place kicker as a Buckeye and playing for four seasons with the New York Jets in the NFL, Nugent was in an unfamiliar place last season. He was sitting at home on his couch in Columbus, watching NFL games on Sundays with his brother, Kevin. “He’d kind of been the man since high school and college, so it was definitely a reality check,” Kevin said. What a difference a year makes. Nugent is now the starting kicker for the Cincinnati Bengals and received the AFC Special Teams Player of the Month award for September. “I was working with my coaches a lot, but we didn’t re-invent the wheel or anything,” Nugent said. “We made a few changes here and there, and I feel like I’ve been hitting the ball much more consistently.” Although his recent success shouldn’t come as a surprise to any Ohio State follower, the inconsistencies and unemployment issues he suffered through a year ago certainly could have. At OSU, Nugent was automatic. He holds the school record for field goal percentage for a career (82 percent) and a season (89 percent in 2002). His most accurate season coincided with the Buckeyes’ last National Championship win 2003. “My favorite memory was the National Championship game because we were big underdogs,” Nugent said. “It’s great going into a game knowing that you have nothing to lose. And to come out on top, that was definitely my greatest memory at Ohio State.” Nugent’s accuracy wasn’t the only trait that OSU fans loved about him. He was also clutch when the game was on the line. In fact, approaching any hardcore Buckeye fan and saying the words “55 yards against Marshall” will immediately conjure up images of a game-winning kick in 2004. “For OSU fans it was unexpectedly close at 21-21, and he kicks a 55-yard field goal on the last play of the game to win the game,” said Jack Park, OSU football historian. “He was accurate, dependable, could kick from a long distance, and is a very likeable person.” Kevin Nugent, a former OSU men’s soccer player, mentioned that kick as one of his favorites. “As far as a single kick, the one that sticks out in my mind was the kick against Marshall in his senior year,” he said.   When Nugent’s OSU career ended, he entered the 2005 NFL Draft. The Jets desperately needed an accurate kicker. Facing the Pittsburgh Steelers in the playoffs that year, Jets incumbent Doug Brien missed two consecutive game-winning field goals. The Steelers went on to win the game in overtime, and the Jets were out of the playoffs. Hoping to avoid having similar issues the following season, the Jets selected Nugent in the second round of the draft (47th overall). It was the highest position of any kicker selected in the last decade, save for Sebastian Janikowski, who was a first-round pick by the Oakland Raiders in 2000. Kickers typically aren’t selected until at least the fifth round. To his credit, Nugent wouldn’t allow himself to feel pressured by the early selection. “I was really happy to be drafted by the Jets, it was a lot of fun playing there,” Nugent said. “As far as the pressure, I felt like the only pressure I should really experience was the pressure I put on myself.” After three years in New York, Nugent suffered a torn quadriceps injury in the first game of his fourth season. The Jets brought in veteran kicker Jay Feely, who kept the starting job for the remainder of the year. “I was in a contract year, and I had to make a decision whether or not I wanted to re-sign with Jets,” Nugent said. “It just got to a point where I thought maybe there were other opportunities out there to play for a different team.” His first opportunity came as a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2009. In four games, Nugent made only two of his six attempts. He was then released by the Bucs. “It was kind of a shock that he didn’t start out very well,” Kevin Nugent said. “He was hoping that they’d continue on with him, but we got another shock when he was released.” Although it would have been easy to blame the quadriceps injury from the previous year for his inconsistencies, Nugent refused to do so. “The injury felt fine,” Nugent said. “I was missing some longer field goals and just wasn’t hitting the ball the way I wanted to.” He signed on with the Arizona Cardinals in December 2009 as a temporary replacement for Cardinals starter Neil Rackers and was released when Rackers returned two weeks later. This was the same guy who Buckeye teammates cheered as soon as his foot hit the ball because they assumed every kick was splitting the uprights. Yet here he was, unemployed, watching the games at home. “That was tough, just sitting on Sundays and watching games,” Nugent said. “You want to be out there, having people watch you instead of you watching them. “It’s one of those things where you’re watching and keeping an eye out on what’s going on, who’s kicking well and who’s not,” he said. “You never wish for others to miss, but it’s tough to cheer for people when they’re all in the same position you want to be in.” Kevin agreed that it was a tough time for his brother. “He’s always worked hard and he’s usually done pretty well, so it was hard,” Kevin said. “You’re kind of just sitting back and hoping for a team to call.” There are only 32 teams in the NFL, so there aren’t many kicking positions to fill. Still, NFL coaches are notorious for losing faith in their starting kickers. “I think I was flown to six or seven different places for a workout,” Nugent said. With the 2010 NFL season fast approaching, the Bengals brought in Nugent to compete with Dave Rayner for the starting job. Nugent won the job in camp and hasn’t looked back.   He’s made 10 out of 11 attempts this season. His only miss of the year was a blocked kick in last Sunday’s contest against the Cleveland Browns. If Nugent is able to finish this season in a similar fashion to the way he’s started it, he won’t have to worry about waiting for a phone call in the offseason. read more

Football Billy Price and Denzel Ward named firstteam AP AllAmericans Nick Bosa

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Ohio State senior offensive lineman Billy Price (54) prepares to snap the ball in the fourth quarter of the B1G Championship game against Wisconsin on Dec. 2 in Lucas Oil Stadium. Ohio State won 27-21. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorBuckeye Grove will be adding a pair of trees to its ever-growing garden. Ohio State redshirt senior center Billy Price and junior cornerback Denzel Ward were named first-team All-Americans by the Associated Press on Monday. Since those two were honored as first-team All-Americans, they will have a tree planted with a plaque recognizing them for the honor.Sophomore defensive end Nick Bosa was named a second-team All-American.Price has won his fair share of awards this season. He was recognized as the Rimington Trophy winner, given to the nation’s top center, and was also named the Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year. He was also named first-team All-Big Ten. Last season, Price was recognized as a first-team All-American by the American Football Coaches Association.In his first season as a full-time starter at cornerback after rotating as the third cornerback last season, Ward emerged as one of the top defensive backs in the country and a possible first-round draft pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, should he decide to forgo his senior season.Like Price, he was named a first-team All-Big Ten player. Ward was also named a finalist for the Thorpe Award, given to the top defensive back in the nation. Alabama safety Minkah Fitzpatrick won the award. This year, Ward has two interceptions, 15 passes defended, 30 solo tackles — including two for a loss — and seven assisted tackles.Bosa has 32 tackles, 18 solo and 14 assisted, with 14.5 tackles going for a loss. He also recorded seven sacks on the campaign and forced a fumble. Following in his brother’s footsteps, Bosa ended the season as the Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year, making it the fourth consecutive year an Ohio State player won the award. His brother, Joey Bosa, won it in 2014 and 2015, while defensive Tyquan Lewis won the award in 2016. read more

Everton confirm goalkeeper to depart club

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first_imgEverton have released their full list of players whose contracts will expire this June and top on the list is Joel Robles the most senior player.It was clear the Spanish goalkeeper won’t be renewing his contract having frequently been displaced as the first choice option, despite working hard to gain the position against more experienced players in Tim Howard and Maarten Stekelenburg.Others on the list include Midfielders Jose Baxter and Conor Grant who will depart the Club but are set to join Oldham Athletic and Plymouth Argyle respectively, according to the club’s website.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…Fellow Under-23s players Sam Byrne, Calum Dyson, Louis Gray and David Henen are all set to be released.Second-year scholars who have not been offered professional contracts are Stephen Duke-McKenna, Charlie Ball, Nathan Baxter, Jordan Corke, Matthew Johnson, Sidney Kerr, Nathan Moore and Tom Scully. The club also thanked all departing players for their contribution throughout their time at the Everton Club.last_img read more

Lukakus target is to win the World Cup not the Golden

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first_imgRomelu Lukaku manager Roberto Martinez says his client wants to help Belgium team grab the World Cup trophy instead of winning the Golden Boot for himself.Lukaku who grabbed a brace in Belgium’s opening game against Panama which put him on the right track to finish as top goalscorer in Russia is believed not be walking towards an individual award but a collective win.“He’s not here to be the top scorer at the World Cup, and that pleases me,” said Martinez on Friday via ESPN.“He’s here to help the team to win, and to perform his role. His role is to score goals.Romelu Lukaku, Serie A, Inter MilanCapello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.“Rom knows what his role is, as I hope every other player on the pitch does. I wouldn’t expect any player to work towards an individual award. I think every player knows what they need to do to becoming a winning team.“I know Rom well — the reason we paid a record fee at Everton was you saw his outstanding finishing quality. Not because he was the finished article, not because he was a player who could give you something apart from scoring goals.“I think his role in the national team has become that: maybe before it was a bit confused. When you ask a player to do things he’s not good at, he becomes diluted.”last_img read more

Juventus provide Ronaldo update after stock boom

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first_imgCristiano Ronaldo is not a Juve member yet, but all the talk surrounding his transfer have the Italian club’s stocks surging.The publicly traded stocks have risen 11%, as the club is now valued at €825 million. Since no transfer has been made official yet, it prompted the club to release a statement regarding its transfer activity (as per Goal.com):“After the request from CONSOB related to the news published recently on media outlets, Juventus Football Club S.p.A is keen to remind that during the transfer season the club is evaluating several opportunities and will publish adequate information as prescribed by the law,”Juventus v Atalanta BC - Serie AQuiz: How much do you know about the 2018-19 Serie A campaign? Boro Tanchev – May 28, 2019 Let’s see how deep your knowledge is about the 2018-19 Serie A campaign. Good luck and have fun!The proposed €100 million deal is pending following numerous reports suggesting Ronaldo is on the verge of joining the Italian giants in search for a new challenge in his career. If he were to agree, the Portuguese superstar would earn €30 million per year until he’s 37 with a basic weekly salary of €565.000.Since no contract has been officially signed, Juventus FC wanted to make sure the public is aware in order to comply with international laws. It is expected that a potential deal could be made official during the next week. If Cristiano Ronaldo were to join Juventus, they would immediately become the favorites to win the Champions League next season.last_img read more

Join Volunteers While They Clean Up The Homer Spit

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first_imgTo learn more about cleanup sites this spring, go to Alaskan Ocean Cleanup Crew on Facebook. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Beach clean-up volunteers are continuing to make a difference on the shorelines surrounding the Kenai Peninsula, and there next stop is the Homer Spit. The Homer-based nonprofit is working with local communities to host clean-up events all over the local and state beaches. The Clean-Up the Spit event will take place on Friday, at 2pm, volunteers will meet at the parking lot next to the Mariner’s Memorial. Jodee Lynn, founder of the Alaskan Ocean Cleanup Crew in Homer: “I moved here two years ago and I had the intention when I moved up here to do something for the environment, and I really wanted to do something with the ocean in particular. Since I started the group I’ve had people contact me, and coming out to help clean the beaches. At our last event we got a lot of trash.”last_img read more